While the outdoor patio option at the Millennium Park's Park Grill provides an appealingly casual but semi-upscale atmosphere, your cheeseburger and fries will taste equally fresh on the grass at the park next door. Pricier than a burger joint and cheaper than the Capital Grille, this restaurant features fancy salads like Asian chicken, Greek and beet; pizzas; crab cakes; steak sandwiches; turkey wraps and a variety of fish entrees. Besides the salads and a hearty portobello sandwich, the vegetarian selection is pretty slim pickings. If you're looking for cheap and classic park eats, the cafe next door sells $2 hot dogs, $1 popcorn, cookies and candy.
From June-early September, Park Grill makes Thursday the start of the weekend with "Party on the Plaza Thursdays." Sponsored by Budweiser and The Mix 101.9, live music will be featured from 4-7 p.m. on selected dates.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Jessica Herman